Top Food & Drink Events in Houston: January 2023

The Strand’s annual Chili Cook-Off is back. offered by Yaga’s Chili Quest

Dine on delicious food and enjoy our picks for the best food and drink events happening around Houston in January 2023.

Houston welcomes the New Year in deliciously with events ranging from hangover-curing New Year’s Day brunch to après-ski-style cheese parties on the patio.

Plus, annual hits return, including a rousing Hot Sauce Festival and a Beer and Chili Cooking Party.

Here’s all the goodies happening in Houston this month.

Houston’s Top 10 Food & Drink Events of the Month: January 2023

  • Tropical New Year’s Day Brunch at Rainbow Lodge | New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1 – Rainbow Lodge offers a famous Southern-style brunch menu featuring black-eyed beans. Enjoy Smoked Duck Gumbo, Grilled Chimichurri Breakfast Ribeye and Eggs, Shrimp and White Cheddar Grits, and $2 Mimosas until 3pm. Prices vary. From 10:30 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Bottomless Hangover Brunch at Hull & Oak | New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1 – Hot Southern-inspired restaurant Hull & Oak, located in the newest downtown Laura Hotel, is kicking off 2023 with a hangover-curing brunch on New Year’s Day. Good luck, and a bottomless drink with a choice of Southern favorites John Dalys, specialty mimosas, or house-made Bloody Marys. $75. 11am to 2pm.
  • Caracol, Hugo’s, Xochi Return to Life Brunch Buffet | New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1 – H-Town Restaurant Group stunners Caracol, Hugo’s, and Xochi are known for their decadent Mexican brunch buffets. On New Year’s Day, traditional Mexican dishes such as chilaquiles, migas, huevos a la mexicana, tostadas, chile rellenos and ceviche can be enjoyed. more. $42; children $15 plus tax and tip. 11am to 3pm.
  • Montrose Cheese & Wine Patio Raclette Party | Saturday, January 14 Head to Montrose Cheese & Wine for an après-ski style raclette party on the patio. A full wheel of cheese is scraped onto the plate, including caramelized onions, cornichons, and potatoes with baguette slices, so guests can oh-oh-oh-oh. $22; $26 with charcuterie. 1:00 p.m. – sold out.
  • Global Annual Chili Cook-Off at Equal Parts Brewing | Hop Topic Sunday 15th January Taste chili and enjoy equal parts craft beer at the annual Chili Cook-Off in Harrisburg’s Second Ward. General admission includes unlimited chili samples, a swag bag for early bird tickets, and tokens for voting. $18. Noon; judging starts at 2:00 pm.
  • C. Chef at the Baldwin Hotel Sunday 15th January – The annual fundraising dinner Chefs for Paws is back to celebrate another year of saving lives. Guests can enjoy sit-down multi-course dinners from Houston’s top chefs and restaurants, including Alyssa Dole, Sasha Gourmand, Graham Laborde, Paul Quy and Tim Redding, with all proceeds going to Rescue Pets. It will be donated to the movement’s life-saving mission. Over $250. 5pm to 9pm.
  • 7th Annual Hops and Hot Sauce Festival at Humble Civic Center | Saturday, January 21 – Hot sauce lovers, check out the 7th Annual Hops and Hot Sauce Festival. The Spindre Tap Brewery and fun events such as the Hot Pepper Eating Contest and the Spicy Food Eating Challenge. Join us for unlimited samples of hot sauces, salsas, condiments, jellies, jams, pickle products and more. Enjoy a meal from a popular food truck. Grab a beer on Spindle Tap. This event is family friendly and covered. $10; free for children 12 and under. 11am to 5pm.
  • Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest at Galveston Island Strand | Saturday, January 21st The 14th Annual Chili Quest & Beer Fest returns to Galveston’s Historic Downtown Strand District. Get weighed in with a chili sample from the best cook-off team around, then stroll from 1pm to 4pm with over 70 beers and spirits. The Chilean tasting is $13. Beer tasting tickets are $35 and include 24 2-ounce samples and 4 spirits samples. noon to 4pm.
  • An Evening of Barrel Maturation at St. Arnold Brewery | From Friday 27th January Guests will get an exclusive glimpse inside the St. Arnold Barrel Room and enjoy an array of barrel-aged beers from the cellar. Admission includes 11 barrel-aged beer tastings, 2 fresh-from-barrel beer tastings, open bar pours from the regular foam line-up, hearty appetizer buffet, commemorative glasses, barrel room tour, Includes 500 mL bottle of Vanilla Mocha Bourbon Barrel. Take home a discerning Imperial Stout. $80. 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Charity Prix Fixe at Etoile Cuisine Ebar | During the month – As part of its monthly charity series, Uptown Park French Restaurant will be supporting awareness and fundraising throughout January for Houston Habitat for Humanity, which works to provide decent lives for families and individuals. increase. Chef Philippe Verpian has created his two special set meal menus, a portion of each of which will be donated to charity. The 4-course dinner menu is $74 plus tax and tip. The brunch menu is Saturday and Sunday he’s three courses for $38 plus tax and tip. Hours vary.
Participants walk around rows of tent canopies offering samples
Hops ‘n’ Hot Sauce Fest gets a new venue this year at the Humble Civic Center. Courtesy of Hops ‘n’ Hot Sauce Festival

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer based in Houston. When she’s not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston, and Houston Press, she’s searching for the coolest happenings in town. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Brooke Viggiano .

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